Get to Know Deb Keehn

Born and raised in Michigan, attorney Deb Keehn graduated with a double major in psychology and sociology from the University of Michigan, where she then earned a Master of Social Work. She received her law degree in 2002 from Wayne State University.

Keehn has been practicing family law in Ann Arbor and surrounding counties since 2003.

Prior to practicing law, she taught statistics at the U-M School of Social work, conducted outcome studies that led to social work services in the emergency room at the U-M Health System and was a therapist in private practice. 

The Scio Township resident has been an advocate for children in domestic and juvenile proceedings and cares deeply about serving the interests of children and making sure their voices are heard.

By Jo Mathis

Legal News

When you were considering law school, what was Plan B? Medical school.

What would surprise people about your job?
The amount of pro bono time.

What is your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Getting it right for a kid.

What is the best advice you ever received?
Be kind, be humble and stay teachable.

What was always written on your grade school report card?
“Tries her best.”

When you feel overwhelmed, what do you do?
Nothing until I decide what is best to do.

What do you wish someone would invent? Unconditional kindness and empathy.

What have been your favorite years?
1993 and 1997, the years my two sons were born.

Favorite stamp on your passport:
Costa Rica. I love that place and look forward to retiring there.

When you look back into the past, what do you miss most? Not having wisdom in my youth.

If you could have witnessed any event in history, what would it be? My grandfather arriving at Ellis Island.

What is your happiest childhood memory? My grandfather’s thick German accent while picking cherries in the backyard.

What were you doing in your last selfie? I don’t take selfies. I’m more interested in others and photos of nature and wildlife.

Can you think of a failure that ultimately became a positive?
Embracing a mistake, taking responsibility for it, explaining it and getting beyond it in a way that made sense.

What’s something you changed your mind about recently?
Buying or selling a stock.

Favorite websites: Stocktwits.

What would you like to learn to do? Speak Spanish better.

What book has most impacted your life?
  “The Life of Pi.” My dog is named Pi and he is just the best.

What purchase of $50 or less has most positively affected your life?
Pi’s weekly bag of healthy dog food.  He is just the best and is pure joy.

Favorite local hangouts: PetSmart.

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